- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move from side to side in an unsteady way; to make something do this This chair wobbles. (figurative) Her voice wobbled with emotion. wobble something Don't wobble the table—I'm trying to write.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to go in a particular direction while moving from side to side in an unsteady way He wobbled off on his bike.
- 3[intransitive] to hesitate or lose confidence about doing something Yesterday the president showed the first signs of wobbling over the issue. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (earlier as wabble): of Germanic origin; compare with Old Norse vafla
BrE BrE//ˈwɒbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wobble
BrE BrE//ˈwɒbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbl//he / she / it wobbles
BrE BrE//ˈwɒblz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːblz//past simple wobbled
BrE BrE//ˈwɒbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbld//past participle wobbled
BrE BrE//ˈwɒbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːbld//-ing form wobbling
BrE BrE//ˈwɒblɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːblɪŋ//